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O. Nimigean

Biography

 O. Nimigean was born on 19 July 1962. He graduated from the Alexandru I. Cuza University in Jassy with a Degree in Philology in 1988. Collections of poems: Selected Writings (Pan, 1992), Weekend among Mutants (Pan, 1993), Adieu, Adieu, Dear Poems (Outopos, 1999), Planet Zero (Junimea, 2001), Nicolina Blues (Cartea Româneascã, 2007; winner of the Observator Cultural Prize, the "Transilvania" magazine Prize, and the "Mişcarea literară" magazine Prize, shortlisted for the "Cuvîntul" magazine Prize and the Union of Romanian Writers Prize). Prose: Mortido (Versus, Jassy, 2003; National Prize for Prose awarded by "Ziarul de Iaşi"). Criticism and journalism: Intertias of Transition, Altruisms and Bahlui Literary...

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Novel, Ego. Prose series, Polirom, 2013, 184 pages

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The early nineties. A town in Romania. Night time. Abaza – by all accounts an ex secret policeman – is having fun, like the Joker in the films by Burton and Nolan, driven by perverse, criminal instincts, undermining the rules of every game. He makes veiled or churlish threats, he sadistically brutalises, he beheads, he poisons, he shoots, he profanes, he perpetrates abject carnage. The narrator and Fra accompany him, but cannot stop him, and what is more they are often mesmerised by and even drawn to his malefic vitality. With rare stylistic virtuosity, Mortido guides a tale full of cruelty towards an allegorical meaning, allowing us, today more than ever before, to confront the questions and challenges of a world “off its hinges”.

 

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Novel, "Ego Prose" series, Polirom, 2010, 480 pages

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 AN AFFECTIVE DRAMA, composed in counterpoint. A novel that exudes authenticity. A story of love, in which the road from certainty to uncertainty is littered with greater or lesser ‘cruelties’, born of an imposed, but never fully complete, separation. The sole concern of the narrator, a middle-aged man, deserted by his wife and forced to share his loneliness with his aged and ailing mother, is now to survive at all costs. Returning to his childhood house after long years of absence, the narrator, now poor, on the verge of failure, tries to find a new aim in life, to make himself useful. What he cannot understand, no matter how hard he tries, is the terrible metamorphosis of his wife, who ends up ridding herself of the husband she once loved as if he were a parasite, without regret or compassion. On the one hand, the narrative returns to the past, in an attempt to reconstruct the episodes of a once beautiful love story, with a painful ending, and, on the other, it describes the old woman’s time of dying. And always in the background there is the sound of a desperate cry, which the author renders with extraordinary talent, subjacent to the narrative proper.

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